Equestrians are just one of the many user groups that use the American Tobacco Trail. Wake County’s portion of the Trail was designed with equestrians in mind.
Trail Surface & Information
The hoof-friendly surface is composed of crushed granite screenings.
The ATT is a multiple-use trail enjoyed by many other types of visitors, including walkers, runners, dog walkers and bicyclists. Each trail user is expected to adhere to "share the trail" etiquette in yielding to other user groups. Both pedestrians and bicyclists are expected to yield to horseback riders. All users should be accommodating in order for all users to enjoy the trail.
The trail is a minimum of 10 feet wide. Three bridges provide safe passage over creeks. The bridges are approximately 100 feet in length with solid wood planking surfaces and 42-inch-high railings. The trail also includes a tunnel going underneath Highway 64. The tunnel is 10 feet wide, 20 feet high and approximately 100 feet long, with a concrete surface.
The trail crosses five, two-lane roads. Mounting blocks and benches are located along the trail to assist riders in remounting their horses.
Horse Trailer Parking
The New Hill-Olive Chapel Road parking area (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road) accommodates up to eight horse trailers, and the White Oak Church Road parking area (1305 White Oak Church Road) holds up to 10. We are not equipped to manage horse waste left in the parking areas, so please pack it out with you.
Equestrians are expected to remove their horse's waste from the trail surface and parking lots. We recognize that all riders are not comfortable dismounting and taking care of this as it occurs along the trail, so equestrians are encouraged to join fellow riders in volunteering on manure cleanup days. Call 919-387-2117 for more information. Cleanliness contributes to the enjoyment of all visitors to the ATT.